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Carnival Corporation launches new brand and travel category

This week in the historic, recently-renovated grand United Palace Theatre in Washington Heights, New York, Carnival Corporation created some history of its own with the launch of fathom™, a new brand geared to social impact travel. fathom impact travel (yes, lower case), operating as a stand-alone brand — the 10th for Carnival Corp — will […]

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RCCL’s Quantum: A huge new ship with an intimate ambiance

By Katharine Dyson Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s new “Wow” ship, started off with strong positive vibes from the time we stepped onto the sidewalk just outside the entrance to the pier in Bayonne, New Jersey. Looking at my watch it took us but 7 minutes to get from dock to our room on […]

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The Romance of French Polynesia

By Georgina Cruz The angelfish glided elegantly in the azure water past our terrace and paused to examine one of the stilts of our overwater bungalow. We took its presence as an invitation to plunge right in, getting up from our lounge chairs, retrieving snorkel equipment from a wooden compartment on the terrace and descending […]

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We had a glorious day in St. Thomas, but came away empty-handed from our shopping foray

By Gerry Barker ABOARD AZAMARA QUEST, DAY TEN – While we still feel the disappointment of missing Virgin Gorda, it is a glorious (and calm) day dockside in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. High swells forced a change in our final port of call, and we had evidence of those on the way over last night […]

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St. Maarten is always fun to visit, but we are going to miss our stop in Virgin Gorda

By Gerry Barker ABOARD AZAMARA QUEST, DAY NINE – Might as well start with the news update from the Bridge: We won’t be going to Virgin Gorda, the last stop on our cruise and the one probably most anticipated by many, including myself. Sigh. Unexpectedly high waves have compromised the use of the tenders, and […]

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St. Barts is your destination for high end shopping; however, we pull out early to head to St.Maarten

By Gerry Barker ABOARD AZAMARA QUEST, DAY EIGHT – You don’t have to be rich and famous to come to St. Barts (or St. Barths, or Saint Barthelemy – you’ll see all variations of the name), but definitely being the former will help. This way station for the jet set features the highest of high […]

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It’s smart to take a tour or have a game plan if you want to explore the small island of Nevis

By Gerry Barker ABOARD AZAMARA QUEST, DAY SEVEN – It’s early Friday morning and we are anchored off the small island of Nevis (pronounced KNEE-vis). Nearby is its larger counterpart, St. Kitts. The waters here are very still and quiet, and of course, deeply blue. The forecast is hot and sunny; with more hot and […]

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We enjoyed the botanical garden and waterfalls on the ‘nature island of’ Dominica

By Gerry Barker ABOARD AZAMARA QUEST, DAY SIX – We awakened this morning dockside at Roseau on the island of Dominica, “the nature island of the Caribbean.” Sandwiched between Guadeloupe and Martinique, this former British colony, independent since 1978, is almost 300 square miles in size, much of it dense rainforest. We are here just […]

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Finally, the sun breaks on during our visit to Iles des Saintes in Guadaloupe

By Gerry Barker ABOARD AZAMARA QUEST, DAY FIVE – Yesterday we were drenched with rain; today, drenched with sunshine! Yes, at long last the sun has made its appearance, just in time for our stop at Iles des Saintes in Guadeloupe. A grouping of eight tiny islands, with the emphasis on “tiny,” many travel guides […]

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It was cloudy and rainy on St. John, but we toured anyway…after all, it was the site of our honeymoon

By Gerry Barker ABOARD AZAMARA QUEST, DAY FOUR – Day four in our quest for sunshine, and still hardly a ray in sight. In fact, anchored just outside Cruz Bay on the picturesque island of St. John, we awoke to rain showers, which have continued on and off throughout the day. Still, it is the […]

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